Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EDT (Applications for 2018 will be accepted after July 1, 2017)
Pharmaceutics is the science that deals with drug delivery systems—in particular, the design and evaluation of contemporary pharmaceutical dosage forms and systems to ensure their safety, efficacy, and reliability. It is a multidisciplinary discipline with significant underpinnings from basic sciences such as physical chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and biophysics.
Pharmaceutics strongly emphasizes quantitative understanding and use of the principles underlying drug delivery and drug transport, whether a drug is a small organic molecule, a higher molecular weight peptide, a protein derived through biotechnology, or an oligonucleotide-like molecule for gene therapy. It is also concerned with the impact of formulation composition and manufacturing/engineering factors on the quality of a dosage form and its physical and chemical stability.
As advances in genomics—the study of genes and their functions—result in identification and production of functional genes, a quantitative understanding of factors influencing gene therapy delivery will become an increasingly important component of pharmaceutics.
- To provide stipend support to well-trained Ph.D. graduates or Ph.D. candidates seeking to further develop and refine their pharmaceutics research skills through formal postdoctoral training.
- To encourage qualified graduates to pursue postdoctoral research training.
- To support and expand the workforce of qualified pharmaceutics experts.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants must have a firm commitment from a sponsor/mentor at an accredited U.S. university.
- Applicants must 1) hold a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutics or a related discipline from an accredited U.S. university or 2) expect to receive the Ph.D. before activating the award.
- Applicants should indicate strong determination to continue research careers in pharmaceutics following completion of the fellowship.
- Suitable facilities for necessary training and research must be available to the applicant.
- The program with which the applicant is or will be associated must provide an environment where his or her potential can be developed to the fullest extent possible.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow.
- The fellowship provides a stipend of $40,000 a year payable quarterly.
- Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2018 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2018.
- This award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. If necessary the institution may supplement the award to a level that is consistent with other postdoctoral fellowships it currently offers.
- The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.)
- PhRMA foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- The second year of funding, if applicable, will be contingent upon a progress report approved by the Foundation and submission of a financial report.
- These funds are not transferable.
Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
- General Registration Information
- Applicant CV or Biosketch
- Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
- Research Plan 
The applicant must prepare a comprehensive statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), of the plans for research, education, and training in the selected discipline. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health, including a description of the objective(s), the rationale, methods of approach, and a bibliography of major references (bibliographies are not included in the page limit). Preliminary results, if any, should also be included. A project timeline is suggested. The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description or included in a footnote. The Pharmaceutics Advisory Committee will review each application to assess the quality of the proposed research, as well as the proposed education and training. Therefore, documentation stating proper guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure training in the techniques and principles of the area is essential. The proposal must document the approval of all departments in which the candidate will train via letters from chairs or mentors in these departments, or from appropriate personnel if the proposal includes an experiential rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
- Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning your proposed research plan.
Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts should be scanned and uploaded along with the application. Arrange to have official hard copies sent to the PhRMA Foundation at 950 F Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004 by the deadline.
Without these transcripts, the application will be considered incomplete. Do not upload secure PDFs, as our reviewers will be unable to open the attachments.
Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
- Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
The chair should provide contact information.
Please confirm that your department is responsible for the training in this discipline. Indicate the level of support that will be provided to this candidate by the department.
The reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for stipend support should be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
- Mentor’s Information and Letter of Reference
The sponsor should provide contact information and a biosketch.
The reference letter should include an assessment of the candidate and proposed research.
- Information and Letters of Reference from Up to Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant should be uploaded to the application.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for your chair, thesis advisor, and additional reference. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application. The deadline date for letters and third-party materials is September 15, 2017.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.
 Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
The 2018 Pharmaceutics brochure will be available later this year.